At the moment, a total of seven LEGO Ideas projects rest in that mysterious window between being given the green light and actually landing on shelves. We say mysterious because there’s no hard and fast timeline involved: the period of time between those two game states could be a few months, or well beyond a year.
Figuring out the order in which they’re due to hit shelves isn’t an exact science, then – but we can make some educated guesses based on when they passed the review stage, their subject matter, the logical sequencing of product numbers in the Ideas range (at least since 2015’s 21301 Birds), and at least one already-revealed price.
If rumours are to be believed, the next LEGO Ideas set – following on from 21325 Medieval Blacksmith and 21326 Winnie the Pooh – will be 21327 Typewriter, based on a design submitted by LEGO MASTERS champion Steve Guinness. That project was approved alongside two others in the third 2019 review: Brent Waller’s Seinfeld and Alex Storozhuk’s Home Alone model.
By that logic, it’s reasonable to assume that 21328 will be one of those two sets. Back in March, a Canadian retailer listed that product number with a price tag of $109.99 CAD. Based on previous releases at the same RRP, such as 75272 Sith TIE Fighter and 80021 Monkie Kid’s Lion Guardian, that should translate to roughly £64.99 in the UK, or $79.99 in the US.
Given the footprint the Home Alone house will likely demand – and the price of another Ideas set based on a sitcom, 21319 Central Perk – it seems very likely that we’re looking at 21328 Seinfeld materialising on shelves later this year.
Beyond that, it’s difficult to say – largely because previous Ideas sets haven’t always arrived in the same order they were announced. 2019’s 21317 Steamboat Willie launched just two months after being given the green light, for instance – and four months ahead of 21318 Tree House, which had actually been approved six months earlier.
However, the calendar may be able to offer us another hint: at least one Ideas set has launched every November since 2016 (and in December in 2015). There’s really no better time to debut a Christmas-themed set, so we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Home Alone release in that window, rounding out 2021’s Ideas launches with product number 21329.
Guillaume Roussel’s Earth Globe, Tomáš Letenay’s Legendary Stratocaster, Truman Cheng’s The Starry Night and Viv Grannell’s Sonic Mania would then be free to make up at least some of the Ideas calendar in 2022 – but perhaps not all of it, given how many projects are currently in review.
If the LEGO Group chooses this moment to ramp up releases in the crowdsourced theme, we could be looking at a more densely-packed schedule next year – or even later this year. For now, this is essentially all educated guesswork, but it should give you at least some idea of what to expect from LEGO Ideas in the months to come.